Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his writing. We reviewed the latest writing assignment he had and found ways to make it better. I gave him tips to use every time he writes, and we began working on a writing assignment. I left him with some homework and discussed it with his mom."
"We worked on activities from the student's homework packet. He showed better attention to detail on sentence correction this week than he did last week. We discussed recognizing and the function of prepositions, and used his personal reading to practice identifying different parts of speech and their role in a sentence. We also discussed what elements he likes in his recreational reading, with an overview of the 3-Act structure and the role of a climax in a plot structure. I also introduced him to the term "in media res." We wrapped up the session by planning his upcoming personal narrative composition assignment, discussing different approaches to organize it and how to do pre-planning to improve his structure and narrative choices."
"The student's philosophy project is almost entirely finished (he has only to add some photos and clean up his PowerPoint presentation), but his history paper has not yet gone beyond the outline form we'd established last week. He said he will have the paper finished by tomorrow, but I feel this might be too ambitious given his current rate of progress. I will meet with him soon to evaluate his progress."
"For this session, I began by teaching the student a close reading strategy. The strategy is called Notice and Note. Essentially there are six signposts that students should look for while they are reading and if they encounter them, they should stop, note the line, and answer a corresponding anchor question to help further comprehension. The six signposts are: contrasts and contradictions, aha moments, memory moments, words of the wiser, tough questions, and again and again. This strategy is to be used after a first read of a story. Since we had worked on the Sound of Thunder during the last session, we did a second read on the same text, looking for the signposts. The first few pages I did together with the student. I read the text aloud and asked him what signposts, if any he thought the section contained. After discussing and identifying them, I had him annotate the text by responding to the signpost's anchor question. After a few pages, I asked him to practice the strategy on his own, re-reading the page, noting any signposts and responding to the anchor question. After he was done with each page, we reviewed them. Overall he did well, being able to identify most of the signposts that were on each page of the text. He stated that this strategy was helpful to him in increasing his comprehension. Since he is working on theme at school, for our next session we will talk about the theme of the Sound of Thunder and go over a basic essay structure so he can compose a literary analysis of the text, with a specific focus on the theme."
"We continued our work on Civil Disobedience and focused on paragraphs 28-36. The student continues to be an excellent student."
"Today we read and annotated a short story together. We also began analysis for character change and cause of character change. Next week, we will practice summary versus analysis/creating an argument."